What makes a Rock God?

Opinions vary, but we can all agree that any musician who is so talented, amazing, and inspirational that they global deserve admiration, respect and – yes – to be worshipped, can stand loud and proud in the hall of rock music fame.


The list of Rock Gods we worship at the church of Van Tuyl Music Academy is just about endless, so let’s just start with these five frontmen of some of the greatest touring bands in rock history. What do they all have in common? Not just global album sales, longevity, awards! It’s their looks, their attitudes, their work ethic, the legacy of their bodies of work, and sheer staying power that go beyond being average musicians and elevates them to rock star status. If you want success, then you should consider developing some of the qualities we mentioned.

1.    Bruce Springsteen (“The Boss”)

Born September 23, 1949 singer-songwriter Springsteen has sold over 120 million records worldwide. He is most famous for his work with the E-Street Band. His fans get great value for their money at his gigs which often last up to 4 hours. His two most successful albums “Born to Run” and “Born in the USA” are among the best-selling albums of all time.

2.    Tom Petty

Born October 20, 1950, Petty can add ‘multi-instrumentalist’, ‘producer’ and ‘actor’ as well as ‘singer-songwriter’ to his resume. Best known as the front man of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, he also set up the super group The Traveling Wilburys in the 1980s and has sold over 80 million albums worldwide. Unique in the rock world, the original Heartbreakers line-up is still more or less intact.

3.    Jack White

The baby of this list, born July 9, 1975 Jack White founded the White Stripes in 1997 after moonlighting for several underground Detroit bands as a drummer. Winner of 12 Grammy Awards, Rolling Stone ranked him number 70 on its 2010 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. He frequently collaborates with other artists and musicians and has produced several artists via his Third Man Records label.

4.    Mick Jagger

“Sir” Mick, born in England on July 26, 1943, has a 55-year career that began with The Rolling Stones in 1962. His distinctive voice, looks, and electric live performances have been his trademark since day one and earned him the title of “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock and roll”. The Rolling Stones have often been labelled as “anti-establishment” and are still seen today as one of the most famous icons of counter-culture.

5.    Paul McCartney

Also knighted, “Sir” Paul, born in England on June 18, 1942, is the granddaddy of our group. He gained worldwide popularity with The Beatles in the 1960s and went on to form the band Wings. McCartney continues to enjoy a long and successful solo career; but, his song-writing partnership with the late John Lennon makes him one of the most celebrated musicians of our time. Sir Paul has written or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.


Do you want to join the ranks of these greats? It all starts with a lesson, and VTMA has plenty! Practice enough, and maybe you can join them